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Norman Takanyariwa Mapeza|
April 12, 1972
Norman Mapeza is the currents head coach of FC Platinum which plays in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League. Mapeza is one of the most celebrated footballers to have played for the warriors. He also had a good stint with Galatasaray.
Norman Mapeza was born on April 12, 1972.
Norman Mapeza started his football career at Darryn Textiles Football before he moved to Poland. He is one of the very few Zimbabwean footballers that played mainstream soccer in Europe and played regularly for Galatasaray. He became the first Zimbabwean player to have played in the UEFA Champions League followed by Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar. Mapeza is said to have played about five Champions league matches for Turkish giants Galatasaray all 90 minutes as a defensive midfielder against other European heavyweights such as FC Barcelona and Manchester United rubbing shoulders with players such as Romario, Pep Guardiola, Ronald Koeman, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Paul Ince, Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes
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Match Fixing Allegations
Mapeza was also accused of having taken part in a series of fixed matches together with players such as Knowledge Musona, Ovidy Karuru including the then ZIFA Boss, Henrietta Rushwaya. At the time the allegations against Mapeza were made, he was still the head coach of the national team but was eventually suspended before being dismissed. Following his dismissal from the warriors job, Mapeza sued ZIFA for damages for unfair labour practices.
Mapeza is neighbours with Zimbabwean tennis legend, Byron Black
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